Wine

Pairing Turkish Wine & Meze

One of Turkey’s most popular culinary traditions is that of rakı balık. Literally translated as rakı fish, this is the great tradition that comes from the Turkish meyhane, or tavern. Rakı is a grape spirit-based, anise-infused liquor similar to Greece’s ouzo and Lebanon’s arak. In Turkey, this drink, served over ice and diluted with water, accompanies traditional fish and small bite meze.

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Pairing Herbs & Spices with Turkish Wines

Many of us have heard the old adage to pair white wine with chicken and fish and red wine with red meat (like beef and lamb). Happily, that advice has pretty much gone out the window over the last few years.

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Understanding ‘Body’ in Turkish Wines

“Body” strikes one as a strange word to use to describe a liquid. One thinks of body as something solid. However, one [of the many!]…

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Wind and Wines Bozcaada

On Bozcaada, Turkey’s third largest island, winds are so strong that only a limited variety of vegetation can withstand them. And yet it is from this inhospitable and windswept environment that Turkish island wines are born.

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Wine Routes of Turkey

Turkish wine tourism is still in a nascent stage. In many areas, wineries are located in remote places far from anything else making visiting complicated.

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Busting Myths About Turkish Wine

The number one thing I hear when I start talking to people about Turkish wine is: “Turkey makes wine?!” Yes. Yes, it does.

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A Primer on Turkish Wine Grapes – Part Two: White Grapes

So why isn’t Turkey more well-known as a wine producer? A mere 3% of grapes is used for wine and rakı production. Where do the rest go?

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A Primer on Turkish Wine Grapes – Part One: Black Grapes

Unintentionally, Turkish wine remains a well-kept secret; but one well worth discovering. To help you do so, I offer a little two-part prime…

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